NWAC Pathways PEKE

Partner for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange
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To promote health equity among First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), is investing $25M over ten years in a new signature initiative called Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples. Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous ways of knowing is an essential aspect of developing the evidence base in how to design, offer and implement programs and policies that promote health and health equity in four priority areas: suicide prevention, tuberculosis, diabetes/obesity and oral health. In partnership with First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada community protocols, cultures and traditional knowledge aims to enhance the Pathways initiative.

The uniqueness of this research initiative is that it is community-driven; through on-going engagement between researchers, and Aboriginal communities in Canada, research outcomes will be translated into actionable and viable solutions expected to create real change and improvements in health outcomes.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is participating in Pathways as a PEKE (Pathways Partners for Engagement and Knowledge Exchange) representative.


Improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal women, families, and communities through health research, knowledge exchange, and action.


  • helps facilitate a receptive environment for learning and collaboration across research teams and Aboriginal communities.
  • supports the translation of research findings into policies and scaled-up interventions.
  • engages Aboriginal peoples’, communities and organizations to incorporate Aboriginal voices, ways of knowing, and culture into the research.
  • supports the full participation of Aboriginal women and applies a cultural framing that reflects their histories, and current realities and circumstances.

Through the application of a culturally-relevant gender based analysis (CR-GBA), the NWAC PEKE assesses  policies and programs from a gender perspective to better understand how women and men differ in patterns of illness, risk factors, treatments and social contexts.  This will lead to better health outcomes for both Aboriginal men and women.

NWAC PEKE partners include the Indigenous Peoples Assembly of Canada (IPAC), the Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA), and the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association (NADA), each national in scope.



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Private Sector Partners
Colgate-Palmolive Inc. has been working with the NWAC PEKE to establish relationships and partnerships with Indigenous health centers and communities. NWAC PEKE will be facilitating connections between Colgate-Palmolive, Health Authorities, and other community organizations, to donate and disseminate toothbrushes and oral health promotion items in order to better the oral health of Indigenous women, their families, and communities across Canada. Outside of their partnership with the NWAC PEKE, Colgate- Palmolive works to bring education and smiles to children in need worldwide, through the Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures® program.



NWAC PEKE Newsletter Spring-Summer 2016

NWAC Pathways PEKE Brochure

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Diabetes Fact Sheet
Oral Health
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Mental Health Fact Sheet
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Tuberculosis Fact Sheet











For more information, contact:

Courtney Skye
Director of Strategic Policy Unit
Email: cskye@nwac.ca